Colchester, St Botolph's Priory

St Botolph's Priory - Exterior view of the first Augustian priory in England

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Colchester, Essex CO2 7EE

Before You Go

The remains of one of the first Augustinian priories in England, founded about 1100.

An impressive example of early Norman architecture, built in flint and reused Roman brick, the church displays massive circular pillars and round arches and an elaborate west front.

Later badly damaged by cannon fire during the Civil War siege of 1648.

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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